DU Lacrosse Keeps the Spiders At Bay, 10-8
April 25, 2014
Duquesne's lacrosse team secured a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship with a spirited 10-8 victory over visiting Richmond Friday afternoon on Rooney Field.
The Dukes and Spiders, who were battling for second place in the league standings with one game remianing after this match-up, played a hard-fought defensive battle from start to finish.
The Dukes sent a message early by scoring the first three goals 10 minutes into the contest on scores by Meredith Micho, Haley Marafioti and Morgan Matz before UR called a time-out to settle themselves.
Richmond cut it to 5-3 with goals at the 4:33 and 0:54 marks before the Red and Blue ended the first half scoring with a Clare Hurley goal with just seven ticks left to make it 6-3 at intermission.
Duquesne shared the wealth in the first stanza with six different players scoring in the half.
DU extended its lead to four again as Matz found the back of the net again for the second time a little more than a minute into the second frame. Richmond responded with two Charlette Stevenson consecutive goals within four minutes to cut the Spiders deficit to 8-6 at the 19:56 mark.
Conservative play from both teams prevailed for the next few minutes before Kalein Shaw scored at 15:10 to make it 9-6. UR responded quickly with a goal at 14:41, then another with 8:11 ticking to cut their deficit to one goal for the first time since the the first score of the game.
However, Michelle Morris recorded her first goal of the contest with 5:50 remaining as the Dukes held on for the 10-8 win.
Matz and Hurley were the goal leaders with two each while Kidder helped the Dukes with a goal and four assists as eight different Dukes scored.
Jenna Bishop tallied her fourth win of the season, making seven saves. Kidder led with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Dukes return to action on Sunday, April 27th as they host UMass on Senior Day for the regular season finale on Rooney Field.